This time last year, the Redskins universe swung on every report of Robert Griffin III's rehab from knee surgery. Word had come down that RG3 planned on playing Week 1 of the 2013 season, despite suffering a major knee injury less than nine months before. Griffin was held out of the entire preseason, and practiced sparingly in training camp. At the time, the idea seemed worth the risk, but in hindsight, was a poor plan.
On Monday, Redskins GM Bruce Allen reflected on the decision last year to bring Griffin back so fast. Allen spoke to ESPN 950 in Richmond, quotes courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football. It’s impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven’t practiced. Last year at this time, he was still rehabbing his knee, and he wasn’t allowed to practice or work in team drills. We put him on the spot by trying to do that. And this year he’s had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he’s had all (the practices), and that’s how you get ready to play a football season.
It's easy to look back and question the decision to let Griffin start the season last year, but Allen was a part of the front office then too. While Mike Shanahan was clearly running the show, and it appears Griffin had ample input in his playing schedule as well, Allen served as one of the team's vice presidents at the time.
One thing is clear now, Griffin should be in much better condition to start the 2014 season than he was in 2013. When the team will move forward from the decisions made in 2013, by the coach and the quarterback, remains to be seen.